The Unexpected Costs Of Running A Business – How To Navigate Them

Starting a business is always a challenge, but it’s the good kind of challenge, where you have goals to meet and ambitions to achieve. At the present time, of course, we are living in an economic downturn, which makes some of the challenges a little more … challenging. Launching a business right now isn’t a bad idea – people are still going to need products and services, and in some cases they need them all the more now. This does, however, mean that you will need to be armed with a way to avoid spiralling costs, and the tips below are a few ways you can run a cost-conscious business and keep yourself in a place to succeed.

Emergency supplies and resources

Keeping your outgoings low is something for which business owners are increasingly prepared, but you can never rule out unforeseen circumstances. They are, after all, unforeseen, so it’s hard to know what you’ll be dealing with. Keeping a contingency fund is a smart move, so you can dip into it for emergency orders at when you need to print off hard copies of documents for an impromptu meeting. This way, you can keep running costs low, but have somewhere to turn when you can’t avoid an extra expense.

Regulatory and compliance costs

One of the least fun parts of running a business is keeping up with the inevitable and persistent maze of regulatory compliance. Sometimes you’re going to need a license to do something, or have to join a regulatory body that has membership fees. Your best bet is to ensure you stay informed by joining local business groups who provide regular updates on the regulatory picture; there are also services that offer affordable packages to help startups and smaller businesses navigate the regulatory landscape.

Professional services

You may have been advised not to take on jobs like accounting and legal yourself. That’s a good piece of advice. It’s also fair to say that few new businesses can afford to retain a professional accountant or a qualified lawyer among their staffing costs. But your accounts and finances need to be handled, and you need to have a legal eye for all of those important documents. It’s wise, in this situation, to look at online solutions where experts offer their services on a freelance basis. This way, you’re only paying for the professionals when you really need them – until such time as you can afford to hire them for real, anyway!

Training staff

Training, development and upskilling are essential to prevent a business from plateauing when it can least afford to. They’re also frequently eye-wateringly expensive. However, you are working with a skilled team, so why not make the best use of those skills by persuading the experts you already employ to share the knowledge? This will give your best employees the chance to hone their skills in communication and training provision, and fuses important connections within your team.


Finally, there is no business in the 2020s without technology. The frustrating thing about technology is, no matter how well you choose, it will become obsolete from time to time. Look for scalable, open-source forms of technology and regularly review the tech you are using, so you can eliminate redundant tools and keep things as streamlined as possible. In due course you’ll be in a position to upgrade things, but there’s a lot of useful tech out there that won’t cost a penny.

Looking at all the costs you need to meet as a new business, it is easy to psyche yourself out before you’ve even got started. But these costs are navigable, and being ready for them will help you get the best results early on.

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